FESTIVAL AT THE FARM ARTIST AND PROGRAM INFORMATION
Sod House Theater
Sod House Theater is a Minnesota nonprofit that combines community collaboration, relationship building, and theater arts to move people’s hearts and minds on issues that matter. We know firsthand the power of story and live theater to surface emotional truths that lead to deeper understanding of our shared humanity and our collective power to make a difference.
Nirmala Rajasekar, composer and veena
World-renowned musician and Kalaimamani Awardee Nirmala Rajasekar is a dynamic Carnatic veena player, vocalist, composer, and educator. She is celebrated around the globe for her exquisite tone, vibrant musicality, captivating stage presence, and sensitive artistry. A passionate educator, Nirmala is at the vanguard of artists working to make the world a more equitable place for all.
Shruthi Rajasekar, composer
Named by The Guardian as a composer "who will enrich your life", Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American musician exploring identity, community, and joy. A 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, Shruthi draws from her unique dual background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical traditions to create intersectional music. She was awarded the Global Women in Music Award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Donne in Musica Adkins Chiti Foundation. Shruthi has been an artist-in-residence at Tusen Takk Foundation, Britten Pears Arts, and the Anderson Center. As a soprano and Carnatic vocalist, Shruthi has performed and recorded in numerous traditional and experimental settings. She was a Marshall Scholar in the UK, where she pursued postgraduate studies in composition and ethnomusicology. A graduate of Princeton University, Shruthi lives in Minnesota and serves on the board of new music chamber ensemble Zeitgeist.
Todd Harper, composer/performer
Todd Harper wears many hats: composer, pianist, orator, combo creator, and most recently, as a visual artist. He is now combining these elements into creating a new notational system which he calls “Visual/Intuitive scores”. These scores also function as art and are displayed in art shows. Currently, Todd has three main combos functioning now: his “Euglena groups” which can be called a “eco-chamber” collective; the free funk/jazz quintet Troux Bloux with Matty Harris, Ivan Cunningham (saxophones), Tarek Abdelqader (drums) and Erik Fratzke (bass); and The Eco Boyz, an avant-folk combo with painter/mandola player Joseph Maurer, and special guests.
Todd has curated and co-curated many musical events, such as Keys Please (piano stories of three generations) with Carei Thomas and Paul Cantrell; the Art of Sweat Rhythm Festival at Patrick’s Cabaret; and Midwest tours of Musical Ecology with renowned NYC flautist Jun Miyake. As a composer, Todd has written for The Temporal Mechanics Percussion Union of Arkansas City Kansas; baritone Dr. Michael Jorgensen for the Nobel Conference concert at Gustavus Adolphus College; music for video installation by Andrea Thoma in Stuttgart, Germany, and many others.
Since 2020, Todd has been studying watercolors, learning the basics, and incorporating them in his music. His work to date includes a solo show (Being Outside) at the Rum River Library in Anoka, a group show in the Summer ’22 Pop up Show at Landmark Center Gallery, group shows “All about Birds” and “Wild about Water” at Rum River Art Center, and a group show at Pablo Center in Eau Claire, WI. Todd has another solo show in September 2023 at Paradise Art Center in Faribault, MN. The key points of Todd’s artistic and musical experiences are collaboration, connection, and celebration of the natural/human world, in all its complexity. All of this with a dash of surprise and humor.
Oxheart Farm is located in Hager City, Wisconsin. They raise a diverse mix of vegetables, flowers, mushrooms, pastured pork, beef, milk, yogurt and eggs for sale on their farm through Community Supported Agriculture
Red Horse Bakery at Baldur Farm
Red Horse Bakery is a very small operation centered on freshly ground, whole wheat bread, mostly sourdough, baked in a wood-fired oven. Red Horse Bakery will supply the whole wheat bread for TABLE.
Rising Sun Farm and Orchard
Rising Sun Farm and Orchard is a certified organic, diversified family farm located in the St. Croix River Valley of Western Wisconsin. They take pride in providing their community with healthy, nutrient dense food as well as being good stewards to the land.
Udder Hills Meats
Located between Ellsworth and Maiden Rock, WI, Udder Hills Meats is a family farm focused on faith, family, producing quality products without hormones, steroids or antibiotics, and building a legacy for future generations. They supply the beef, pork, chicken, lamb and turkey for your TABLE.
Barringer Family Farms is a third generation family farm located in the verdant Trimbelle River valley in western Wisconsin. They grow vegetables, hay, CBD hemp products, present arts and education events, and host community celebrations.
Barringer Family Farms centers the production of healthy and delicious food in a sustainable manner that nourishes our customers, improves our land, and connects with community. Their food can be purchased at local farmer's markets, through a CSA, online, or at the farm.